- Place where the work was made
- Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
- Media category
- Materials used
- woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
- 33.0 x 22.9 cm image; 33.3 x 23.7 cm sheet
- Signature & date
Signed c.r., in Japanese, black ink "[Baichôrô Kunisada ga]".
- Gift of G F Williams 1995
- Not on display
- Accession number
- Artist information
Utagawa Kunisada II
Works in the collection
Using the best quality papers, ink and gold leaf, 'Playing cards of Murasaki Shikibu’s Genji' is considered to be Utagawa Kunisada II’s most successful series. Evoking the Heian-period court game of shell matching, 'kai awase', each print in this series is identified by two shells, one of which bears the title and the other a 'Genji-mon', a crest corresponding to a chapter of the Tale.
In this series, Kunisada II relies heavily on the Genji images that his teacher and father-in-law, Kunisada, created for the illustrated book series 'Nise Murasaki inaka Genji', instead of merely transposing conventional iconography into a modern setting.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW.
Where the work was made
Other works by Utagawa Kunisada II
See all 6 works